By this time in 2017, Alta Sierra Ski Resort was covered with fresh powder.
“Last year, we opened the day after Christmas,” General Manager Brian Kelly said. “We were up here plowing snow and getting the mountain ready for 10 hours on Christmas Day, and we opened up the very next day and here we are and still nothing.”
Many people like George Roman and his friends have made their way to the resort looking for a snow day.
“We were hoping to be around the snow,” Roman said. “But as we came, we see nothing but dirt and we’re kind of disappointed.”
Instead of turning the public away, Kelly and his crew fired up the grill and lit the fireplace opening the restaurant.
“It’s nature at its best up here and it’s free,” Kelly said. “We are affiliated with the National Forest Service, so it’s all an open forest to everyone. Come out walk around take a picture (and) get something to eat. It’s great.”
And with temperatures staying cool enough to keep frost on the shaded dirt throughout the day, they are hoping, with change in the forecast, to open the slopes soon.
“Our phone rings non-stop every day, just asking if we have snow,” Kelly said. “So there’s a huge pent-up demand for it and if we do get up to two, three feet, which we could be possibly getting this week, we will definitely open.”
Kelly said if they get enough snow from the storms, they are hoping to open the slopes on Saturday, Jan. 13 for the three-day Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.